I’m sure you are no stranger to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Phase 4 of the MCU is all the movies and tv series released from 2021 to 2023. Marvel fans were blessed with some epic releases last year and this year. Where there were some firsts in the MCU world, including the first Asian superhero movie, Shang-Chi. And first is the multiracial and multi-ethnic Marvel movie, Eternals.
Also, the release of Spiderman: No Way Home shattered box office records of every Marvel movie ever! The thrill of seeing three generations of Spiderman on one screen was unreal.
But that’s obviously not it! Marvel has an amazing lineup of movies and tv series Phase 4.
Scarlett Johanson’s Black Widow started phase 4 with its release in July 2021. The new phase of Marvel is not only bringing new characters but also digging deep into the Marvel multiverse.
Comic book fans are aware of Marvel’s multiverse, with around 1554 official universes, excluding the unexplored ones. In the time heist in Avengers: Endgame marvel teased the possibility of a multiverse. Now more so with Doctor Strange’s time-manipulating spells and the recent spiderman multiverse. Fans are excited about the unlimited possibilities for the MCU characters, new and old!
Here’s everything we know about Marvel Phase 4
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Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Marvel released the official release date for many of its movies. The latest upcoming phase 4 movie ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnesss’ is hitting the screens on 6th May 2022. It’s gonna further to explore the multiverse, and I feel ‘madness’ is the perfect title to describe it.
Benedict Cumberbatch will be back as Dr. Strange, joined by Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff. Many characters from the first movie will appear in this, including Rachel McAdams as Christin Palmer, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Master Mordo, to name a few.
A trailer for the same was released on February 13, which literally blew people’s minds and gave a closer look at the Multiverse.
Thor: Love and Thunder (8th July 2022)
Next up in the lineup is another Thor movie. Thor is the first avenger to have a 4th solo movie. It is going to continue the Avengers story arch of the superhero. And girls, Chris Hemsworth will be back on the big screen soon!
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (11th November 2022)
Our beloved Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman, very sadly passed away in August 2020. But his story as the iconic Black Panther lives on. The new movie will continue the old storyline.
Antman and The Wasp: Quantumania (28th July 2023)
It is intended to be the sequel of Ant-Man (2015) and Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) with Reed and Rudd. The new cast members are Evangeline Lilly as the Hope van Dyne: The Wasp. It is set to release in the United States on 28th July 2023 the rest will be announced later.
Remember Fantastic 4? there are rumors about a reboot of the movie, now as part of the MCU. Exciting!
Marvel’s Upcoming Series
Phase 4 of MCU has more in the store than you would imagine! Marvel is now also coming up with series from the same universe, and the line-up is so interesting.
Ms. Marvel (Summer 2022)
A never before seen character will be introduced this year. A fresh character with a fresh story arc. Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan will be introduced as Ms. Marvel this year. The filming concluded back in May 2021, but the final reshoots are ongoing. Hence the release date is pushed back and is uncertain right now. Even though there is no fixed official date yet, fans can expect to watch the series sometime this year.
She-Hulk ( 2022 )
Marvel fans have heard about her enough, and there are many theories out there. Long-time speculation about a She-Hulk movie was flying around. But finally, we have an official announcement for an entire series on She-Hulk. We don’t have an official date yet but most definitely be sometime in 2022.
Portrayed by Tatiana Maslany, the introduction of this character will add a unique flavor to the Marvel Universe.
Moon Knight (30 March 2022)
A darker world in the MCU. Moon Knight will give you DC movie vibes with its gritty and mature display. An expected and unique touch to the Marvel Universe! For those who don’t know, Moon Knight is about Mark Spencer played by Oscar Issac. A hero with flaws, Mark is a superhero dealing with dissociative identity disorder with superpowers. A new take on the superhero verse and a must-watch for Marvel fans!
Secret Invasion (2022)
Based on Skrulls, as seen in Captain Marvel. The series is most likely to release by the end of this year.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, is another MCU series that is likely to release on May 2023.
Realms, Universe, and Symbols of the Marvel Multiverse
The vast universe as it is, we have seen so many brilliant superheroes from it. But do you know the comic marvel universe has around 1554 universes? which means unlimited parallel universes and dimensions, opening the possibility for 1000s of new heroes and villains.
As mentioned in some Marvel movies, the MCU is “without end” which means it is infinite. That opens up endless possibilities, different realms of existence, and literally anything happening in it.
We have seen a glimpse of the multiverse in Spiderman: No Way Home and will see more in Doctor Stange 2. Obviously, the time heist in infinity war also shattered the notion of just one universe. Phase 4 of the Marvel franchise will be an exploration of the multiverse.
Remember the mirror dimension? where Strange gets stuck for a while in Spiderman No Way Home. A copy of the real world that only sorcerers and masters of mystic arts can access.
Another realm that the audiences got to witness is the Astral Dimension. Where basically, human souls can live without their physical bodies, and sorcerers have the power to push a soul into this dimension.
Whether it’s Dr. Stange’s Astral dimension or Black Panther’s Ancestral dimension. We have definitely witnessed glimpses of possibilities in the multiverse. We also have Soul Stone from the Infinity War! which anyone can use to enter a separate dimension. The place where Thanos goes after the infamous snap *clicks* and meets his daughter.
The Quantum Realm as shown in Ant-man and the Wasp is another important one. Also known as Microverse in comics, this realm is an altogether different universe. Where you can reach either by magic or by shrinking down to a subatomic level.
The Future of MCU!
We got a good taste of the Marvel multiverse, which is what Phase 4 is all about. Through movies like Dr. Stange, The Ant-man, Spiderman: No Way Home, Wanda Vision, Loki, and Avengers End Game. This expansion of the universe changed the face of the franchise completely. Don’t expect any less creativity, enormity, and entertainment from the upcoming Phase of our favorite fictional Universe.
After witnessing the talent galore of artists from all over the world, we know MCU is more inclusive now! The madness of Black Widow, Avengers, and Spiderman No Way Home gave us the chills last year. At the same time, watching Asian representation in the superhero world made us proud. Apart from cultural representation, Marvel also has strong female superheroes which are empowering!
The future of Marvel universe is magnanimous. Hopefully, fans will get to see more inclusiveness, more creativity, more talent, and representation. So do not worry, Marvel fans! Even though it’s a fictional world, we know you are invested, and you won’t be disappointed.
In conclusion, MCU has geared up for amazing upcoming projects, which will be an edge-of-the-seat ride for the fans. So the die-hard followers of the MCU Multiverse have a lot to look forward to!
Marvel never fails to amaze and entertain us with its content and creativity. The adaptation of the comics and bringing it to life with utmost dedication towards the craft makes it worth a watch! A fictional world that fans are deeply invested in, relate to the characters, etc. Young children watching superheroes and idealizing them give hope for humanity.
Marvel gives such an intense cinematic experience that it makes you happy but also makes you shed a few tears.